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Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire (Nat Amoore, Puffin)

2 May 2019
In her first children’s book, Nat Amoore has created such a likeable heroine in Tess Heckleton, entrepreneur and life advice-giver, that her unlikely adventures and somewhat unlikely personality are entirely...

Mindcull (K H Canobi, Ford Street) 

2 May 2019
Eila, a rising social media star, is shortlisted to become the new face of Pearl, a virtual reality tech company. She is invited to spend three days in England trying...

The White Girl (Tony Birch, UQP) 

26 April 2019
Tony Birch’s latest novel tells the story of Odette Brown and her granddaughter Sissy, who live on the fringe of Deane, a fictional town situated between the mountains and the...

The Nancys (R W R McDonald, A&U) 

26 April 2019
In the poky New Zealand town of Riverstone—home of bad interior design, dull news cycles and not much else—11-year-old Tippy Chan’s mother is about to go on holiday. Tippy’s flamboyant...

The Electric Hotel (Dominic Smith, A&U) 

26 April 2019
Dominic Smith’s The Electric Hotel is a sensory delight, retelling the life story of a former film director—known as ‘the Frenchman behind the viewfinder’—with the rich vocabulary of cinema. Claude...

Fish Song (Caitlin Maling, Fremantle Press) 

26 April 2019
Fish Song is Caitlin Maling’s third full-length collection after her 2015 debut Conversations I've Never Had (shortlisted for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award and in the WA Premier's Book Awards)...

Hitch (Kathryn Hind, Hamish Hamilton) 

26 April 2019
Kathryn Hind was the recipient of the inaugural Penguin Australia Literary Prize in 2018 for Hitch, a contemporary novel set in Australia. The protagonist, Amelia, is a naive young woman...

My Culture and Me (Gregg Dreise, Puffin) 

4 April 2019
This beautiful picture book presents the voice of an Indigenous child relating the importance of knowing and living your culture. Beginning with an expression of love for Country and family,...

Arthur and the Tiger (Sophie Beer, Puffin) 

4 April 2019
Sophie Beer has a knack for creating books that simultaneously feel contemporary and vintage, which is sure to make them modern classics. In Arthur and the Tiger, Arthur is the son of...

Devil’s Ballast (Meg Caddy, Text) 

4 April 2019
After escaping her violently abusive husband, Anne Bonny disguises herself as a boy and joins her lover, pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham, on his ship the Ranger. Anne fits in...

How it Feels to Float (Helena Fox, Pan)

4 April 2019
How do you find the will to live when you can’t even feel the ground anymore? Elizabeth Martin Grey—Biz—doesn’t know. All she knows is that she’s got one foot in...

After She Left (Penelope Hanley, Ventura) 

27 March 2019
After She Left is an exploration of feminism in relation to the arts, domestic life and the cultural ramifications of non-traditional motherhood. It spans six decades and the lives of...

Daughter of Bad Times (Rohan Wilson, A&U) 

27 March 2019
Vogel Award-winning novelist Rohan Wilson is back with another gripping page-turner, this time in the form of a dystopian tale set 50 years in the future. Sea levels have risen,...

Room for a Stranger (Melanie Cheng, Text) 

27 March 2019
After an attempted home invasion leaves her feeling unsafe, elderly Meg signs on with a homeshare agency: Andy, an international student from Hong Kong who’s come to Melbourne to study...

The Lost Arabs (Omar Sakr, UQP) 

27 March 2019
Omar Sakr’s second poetry collection is an assured and vibrant exploration of doubt and faith. Following on from his Kenneth Slessor Prize-nominated debut These Wild Houses, this collection explores the...

Attraction (Ruby Porter, Text) 

27 March 2019
Auckland-based writer Ruby Porter’s debut novel Attraction, winner of the inaugural Michael Gifkins Prize for an unpublished novel, is a melancholic and haunting meditation on postcolonial guilt and the stories...

Sky (Ondine Sherman, Pantera) 

7 March 2019
Fifteen-year-old animal lover Sky has had her world turned upside down. Her mum has died, she is sent to live with Aunt Paula (a virtual stranger who cries constantly and...

Our Little Inventor (Sher Rill Ng, A&U) 

7 March 2019
Little Nell has been furiously working away at her desk, her room cloaked in gloom. But she’s finally finished her invention. Despite her younger brother’s scoffing, Nell is adamant that...